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26.03.2019
March 26 - Purple day (Day of epileptic patients)

Epilepsy is one of the diseases that have an ancient history. The only and main symptom is recurrent epileptic seizures. Neurons in the epileptic cavity are synchronized with the disease in a certain part of the cerebral cortex.

 

In 2008, nine-year-old girl Cassidy Megan, suffering from epilepsy, decided to show other people that she was no different from them. In her nine years, the child has already felt some neglect on the part of adults and peers who perceived her illness not quite adequately, regarding it as something of a mild form of insanity. In order to dispel the myths about the disease, Cassidy in 2008 came up with the "Purple Day". The girl’s initiative was supported first by the Nova Scotia Epilepsy Association, and then by other organizations in the world.

 

Already in 2009, 100,000 students, about 100 public associations and over 100 well-known politicians joined the Purple Day, and the television tower in Toronto turned purple for one evening.

 

Since March 26, information about the disease and first aid has been spread around the world. In addition, auctions, fairs, concerts and sports competitions are held where funds are collected for people suffering from epilepsy.

 

This day is held around the world as "Purple Day". This is an annual international event that aims to raise awareness of a disease like epilepsy.

 

Epilepsy is considered one of the most common chronic neurological diseases. There is evidence that many famous people such as Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Nostradamus, Dante Alighieri, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alfred Nobel suffered from epilepsy.

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